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Computer Science Assistant

Chicago, Illinois, 60642, United States
March 17, 2011

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Mechie Nkengla

Chicago, IL *****



A challenging position which involves extensive design and development of algorithms,

Mathematical Modeling, Pattern Recognition, Quantitative Analysis and knowledge in Computer

Science and Mathematics.


Linear and Multilinear Algebra; Computational Applications of the computational techniques and

results to applied problems in processing multidimensional data (pattern learning, prediction,

handling noisy/missing data, compression, etc.) and Numerical Analysis of the heuristics involved;

Stochastic Processes; Applied Graph theoretic problems and Data Mining.


• Robust Linear and Multi-Linear Algebra background.

• Theory and Structure of Options and Futures Markets and other Financial Instruments.

• Theoretical knowledge and practical experience of using mathematically modeling and

solving data-intensive and computationally challenging problems.

• Strong quantitative analytical skills and problem solving abilities.

• C/C++ programming skills on Unix/Windows.

• Software Mathematical computing skills include Matlab and Maple.

• Ability to communicate sophisticated technical ideas to a variety of audiences.

• Exceptional leadership abilities with the demonstrated capacity as fast learner, quickly

understanding and mastering new issues and concepts as well as efficiently prioritizing

responsibilities. I am creative when encountered with a practical problem and pride myself

on my out of the box thinking.

• French literate with moderate French speaking proficiency.


• University Of Illinois at Chicago

PhD in Mathematics, August 2010

Thesis title: “Low Rank Approximations of Matrices and Tensors”

under the direction of professor Shmuel Friedland

• University of Illinois at Chicago

Masters of Science May 2005

Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS)

Minor, Financial Mathematics

• University of Illinois at Chicago

Bachelor of Science, December 2002

Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS)


• Matters of the Heart: Mathematical Modeling with Tensors.

Mini-symposium Talk: Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting,

Pittsburgh, July 2010

• Fast Low Rank Approximations of Matrices and Tensors.

Poster Presentation: AWM Workshop at (SIAM) Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, July 2010.

• Low Rank Approximations of Tensors.

Contributed Talk: 16th conference of the International Linear Algebra Society,

Pisa, Italy, June 2010.

• Approximating and Decomposing Matrices and Tensors

Contributed Presentation: Infinite Possibilities Conference ( IPC) at IPAM, Los Angeles, March


• Fast Low rank Approximations

Poster Presentation: IMA Career Options for Underrepresented Groups in Mathematical Sciences,

Minneapolis, March 2010

• On Fast Low Rank Approximation of Matrices

Contributed Presentation: First International conference on Mathematical Sciences at the

University of Buea, Cameroon, 25-28 June 2009.

• An overview of tensor decompositions and its applications

Contributed Talk Presentation: Statistical Learning Seminar at University of Illinois at Chicago,

Chicago, September 30th, 2008

• 802.11 WLAN MAC layer modeling.

Presentation: Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA) Mathematical Modeling in

Industry XI, Minneapolis, August 2007.


• Women in Science and Engineering member (WISE).

• Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).

• Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

• American Mathematical Society (AMS).

• International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS).

• Member of the National Honor Society for Collegiate Scholars

• Member of the Undergraduate research program for IL minorities (AMP).

• Member of the VIGRE national research foundation.


• 07/10-01/11 Post doctorate Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National

Laboratory, Livermore, CA USA

• 08/04-05/10 Lecturer/ Teaching /Graduate Assistant in Mathematics

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL USA

• 09/07-05/08 Research Assistant, Numerical Algorithms Group- Technische

Universitat, Berlin, Germany

• 01/05-03/07 Quantitative Risk Analyst, Man Financial Ltd.

Chicago, IL USA

REFERENCES: Available upon request

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